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Coalition funding provides home for Greenvale Field and Game Association

  • Coalition funds Greenvale Field and Game Association land purchase
  • Funding will give a permanent home for the sport in the region
  • Napthine Government investing in regional sport for a more active Victoria

 

Victorian shooters can now practice a wider range of skills following today’s announcement of funding towards land purchase and facility upgrades at the Greenvale Field and Game Association at Willowmavin by Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum and Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan.

The funding is part of the Victorian Shooting Sports Facilities Program (SSFP), helping shooting sports clubs and associations build the capacity of the sport and increase participation throughout the state.

“Shooting is a sport that Victorians of all ages can get involved with, progressing right up to Olympic Games level,” Mr Drum said.

“This upgraded facility will be a home for the sport from beginner to elite levels and secures the future of the sport in the region.”

“The accessibility of the sport was highlighted when 24 year-old Laetisha Scanlon won her second consecutive Commonwealth Games Gold medal in Glasgow earlier this year, more young competitors and females are taking up the sport and the new facility will assist in catering for that growth.”

The funding will contribute to securing the association’s tenure by enabling Field and Game Australia to purchase the land, with the final figure based on the valuer general’s valuation of the land.

$17,114 will contribute to clay target traps to support the "Come and Try Day" program to increase youth participation, as well as insulate, reline and provide sliding doors to the existing clubhouse to improve the general amenity.

Ms Ryan said that the assistance with the purchase of the facility would have many benefits for the region.

“This funding means the sport in Victoria now has a true home forever and can plan to grow the sport rather than worry about where it’s future lies,” Ms Ryan said.

“It’s a boost for the Greenvale association as well, but just as importantly it’s an economic boost for the local region with people travelling to Willowmavin to compete.”    

Over the past four years the Victorian Coalition Government has invested more than $141 million across a range of programs in more than 885 community sports facility projects like these, resulting in almost $600 million of new local sporting infrastructure for Victorians.

For more information about the SSFP and other community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

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Wangaratta to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Wangaratta is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals candidate for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy welcomes commitment

 

Wangaratta will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals candidate for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy  said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

“Wangaratta is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 27,197 people – expected to reach 31,556 by 2031,” Mr McCurdy said.

“While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the city is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Wangaratta is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $7 million into 34 projects in Wangaratta, leveraging almost $13 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

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Latrobe City to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Latrobe City is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe welcomes commitment

 

Latrobe City will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

 “Latrobe City is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 73,846 people – expected to reach 90,741 by 2031,” Mr Northe said.

 “While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the Latrobe Valley is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Latrobe is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $20.7 million into 78 projects in Latrobe City, leveraging more than $75.1 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

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Mildura to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Mildura is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp welcomes commitment

 

Mildura will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

“Mildura is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 52,685 people – expected to reach 64,288 by 2031,” Mr Crisp said.

“While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the city is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Mildura is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $36.4 million into 35 projects in Mildura, leveraging more than $225.7 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

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Shepparton to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Shepparton is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr welcomes commitment

 

Shepparton will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

“Shepparton is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 62,784 people – expected to reach 77,797 by 2031,” Mr Barr said.

“While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the city is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Shepparton is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $15 million into 40 projects in Shepparton, leveraging $178.8 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

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Horsham to benefit from $100 million regional infrastructure fund

  • Deputy Premier announces a re-elected Coalition Government will establish a $100 million infrastructure fund for regional cities
  • Horsham is one of 10 regional cities to benefit from $100 million fund
  • The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy welcomes commitment

 

Horsham will be one of 10 regional cities to benefit from a new $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to be established by a re-elected Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today.

Mr Ryan said the grants program would be delivered out of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and would invest in infrastructure projects that help regional cities keep up with their growing populations.

“Regional Victoria is going through a period of significant growth. While this is fantastic news for communities and local economies, it will place pressure on regional infrastructure,” Mr Ryan said.

“If the Coalition Government is re-elected we will introduce the $100 million Regional Cities Infrastructure Program to support critical economic and social infrastructure, urban renewal, and sporting and cultural facilities in these cities to ensure they remain vibrant and successful.

“The fund will be in addition to – not replacing – existing and future government funding for important traditional infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and police stations.”

The Nationals candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy said the current combined population of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities was expected to increase from 800,000 to 1.1 million people by 2031.

“Horsham is one of Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, with a population of around 19,687 people – expected to reach 22,571 by 2031,” Ms Kealy said.

“While this isn’t surprising to locals who know the city is a fantastic place to live, it is important that Horsham is equipped with the resources to handle the forecast population growth.

“The Nationals, as part of a Coalition Government, know that when the regions do well, the entire state does well. So we are committed to ensuring regional cities continue to thrive.

“Through the Regional Growth Fund the Coalition Government has already invested more than $11 million into 40 projects in Horsham, leveraging almost $69 million worth of total investment.

“This compares to the Labor Party’s policy of scrapping the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – and therefore the Regional Cities Infrastructure Program – and replacing it with their failed Regional Infrastructure Development Fund which over 11 years invested just $611 million across the entire state.”

Regional Development

2014-15 State Budget Announced

Today’s State Budget is a good news story for regional and rural Victoria.

Regional Development

Brenton Wight – making a difference through The Nationals

“No other political party in Australia involves its members as broadly in policy development as The Nationals,” says 34 year old Traralgon small business owner, Brenton Wight.

 “That’s the great thing about The Nationals; from branch meeting conversations your ideas and priorities are taken to State Council meetings and State Conferences, and can end up becoming Party policy,” he says.

 “You don’t have to know everything about politics to contribute to The Nationals, you just need to have an idea for change and the Party provides you with a platform to do something about it, it’s as simple as that,” he says.

After only seven years with The Nationals Brenton has been able to offer his skills to the Party through numerous leadership roles including Chair of the Nationals Marketing Committee, State Council representative and Senior Vice President.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to work amongst some real community champions and make lasting change to your region. I have been able to network a lot of new contacts through my affiliation with The Nationals as well as discuss important issues with leading industry stakeholders and government decision makers.”

“The Nationals provide strong advocacy for regional Victoria, allowing our regional voice to have the strength of a united party behind it,” Brenton says.

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$2.2m state-of-the-art police boat

An added layer of protection has been provided to the Gippsland coastal and lakes region with a state-of-the-art $2.2 million jet-powered boat joining the Gippsland water police fleet. 

Electronic features include infra-red imaging equipment, radar and side-scan sonar which are used during search and rescue operations, particularly in darkness or poor light.

It can carry up to six personnel for short patrols or four personnel during longer operations.

The vessel, ‘VP09’, was officially handed over today by the Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, who said the acquisition had provided the region with a valuable resource. 

“Whether performing general police duties, helping our local fishing boats, passing yachts

 or bigger vessels that get in to trouble, or taking part in a major search and rescue operation, Gippsland’s water police play a vital role,” Mr Bull said.

“This new high-speed boat will provide Gippsland’s water police with even greater capacity to perform their critical work.” 

The 14.9-metre vessel is an aluminium catamaran which can cruise at 32 knots (nearly 60 km/hour) and has a range of up to 600 nautical miles (nearly 1,100km).

Fitted with jets rather than propellers, it can operate in shallow water making it ideal for Gippsland’s lakes and rivers. 

The new vessel will help the Paynesville-based water police unit, whose area stretches from Inverloch to Gabo Island on the NSW border, improve its search and rescue capacity and response times in the area.

“Any time of the day or night, the water police can be called out to assist those experiencing trouble on the water,” Mr Bull said.

“Now, with the acquisition of VP-09, Victoria Police’s ability to serve the Gippsland coastal and lakes region has greatly improved.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has a clear law and order agenda and is on target to deliver 1,700 additional police by November this year, investing $602 million.

“The purchase of this vessel is another step in support of the Coalition Government’s law and order agenda to build a better and safer Victoria.”

Regional Development

Indigenous Honour Roll road show opens in Ballarat

The Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll statewide road show, which recognises the exceptional achievements of Aboriginal Victorians past and present, officially opened at Ballarat Library today.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Tim Bull said the Honour Roll, now in its third year, is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

“It is a privilege to open the road show because it provides an opportunity to share the powerful stories of the inductees with the Victorian community and to encourage further nominations from across the state,” Mr Bull said.

“The Honour Roll recognises the achievements of Aboriginal Victorians past and present who have been high achievers in the fields of art, sport, education, health, community service and military service.

“I encourage Ballarat residents to visit the library to have a close look at the Honour Roll, which is normally on display in the Victorian Parliament, and to learn more about the lives and achievements of those who have been inducted.”

Mr Bull spoke at the opening ceremony about Valmai Heap, a posthumous 2013 Honour Roll inductee, who was the first Aboriginal person employed by Museum Victoria and who later went on to become Administrator at the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative in the 1980s. 

“Valmai Heap was a role model for women of all ages and I know that through her story Victorians will be inspired to build a stronger community.”

The Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll will be at Ballarat Library until 21 March and will then travel to Traralgon, Bendigo, Dandenong and Echuca over an eight-week period.

The closing date for 2014 nominations is Friday 23 May 2014 and more information is available at www.dpc.vic.gov.au/vihr